It has been such a busy time – new syllabus, new programming opportunities, new texts. Creating scopes and sequences, assessment schedules and really interesting teaching programs are probably the things I love doing as part of my role. As a teacher, I love the opportunity to be creative and strategic. To think about the students in my class and how best to give them an opportunity to be open to learning new things.
We are studying ‘The Great Gatsby’ in year 11. They are really quite interested in Fitzgerald’s critique of the American Dream. I decided to show them Orson Welles’ film, “Citizen Kane.” Possibly an adventurous choice for my year 11 class, but with each lesson that passes, they seem to be a little more interested. It’s really interesting how so many of them have never watched a black and white film for pleasure. I was told that the last black and white film many of them watched, was To Kill A Mockingbird. Also at school.
This year has definitely got me thinking about how best to meet the needs of my students, whilst maintaining some work-life balance. Will be sure to post a little more about it soon.